Angola’s Lourenco warns conflicts are exacerbating Africa’s problems, driving away investment

FILE: Angolan President Joao Lourenco speaks at a past function. /CFP
FILE: Angolan President Joao Lourenco speaks at a past function. /CFP

Angolan President Joao Lourenco on Tuesday warned that conflicts are exacerbating Africa’s problems and driving away investment.

Lourenco made the remarks in a statement at a session of the African Union’s Peace and Security Council, held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to mark the launch of the Day of Peace and Reconciliation in Africa.

“It is only possible to achieve peace and reconciliation in Africa with actions aimed at creating a spirit of trust and unity in diversity for the prevention, management and resolution of conflicts,” he said. Unfortunately, armed conflicts exacerbate the scourge of hunger, misery and disease, cause forced migration of populations, drive away foreign private investment, increase unemployment, as well as other evils that affect the daily lives of thousands of citizens.”

He called on Africans to engage in efforts to disarm the continent and end the persistent conflicts that have rocked different regions for years.

Lourenco pointed out that by doing so, the continent would place itself in a better position to compete with other regions globally.

“Let us definitely leave behind the troubled past of misunderstanding, disharmony and discord that conditioned and compromised the execution of development strategies that would help boost our economic growth and place us at an acceptable level of competitiveness with other regions of the world,” he said.